Australia 8 NOV 2014: At $US285,000 (Â£180,000), the Range Rover Holland & Holland is the most expensive SUV ever produced in the brandâ€™s 44-year history. This special edition â€” which costs $US100,000 more than the top-of-the-line long-wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography Black upon which itâ€™s based â€” is a collaboration between the companyâ€™s Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) and storied gun maker Holland & Holland.
So what makes this Range worth so much more than any other luxurious SUV? The Holland & Holland edition is completely decked out in the finest soft-touch leather, and its interior woodwork is cut from a single massive piece of walnut to make sure all of the trim match up perfectly. The walnut is also finished with oil to resemble the stocks of Holland & Hollandâ€™s signature rifles.
The inside of the Range also features embroidered Holland & Holland logos and engraved metallic accents â€” an homage to the handcrafted shotguns and hunting rifles synonymous with the brand since 1835.
â€œThe whole SVO team is very proud of this car, a bespoke design, which perfectly meets the very particular needs of Holland & Hollandâ€™s customers,â€ said Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations managing director John Edwards. â€œThis shows the huge potential of SVO, which encapsulates both off- and on-road performance as well as luxury and craftsmanship.â€
The backseats are particularly impressive. Rear-seat passengers are treated to a pair of executive jet-style reclining seats, retractable walnut tray tables, and a pair of massive infotainment screens.
The Holland & Holland edition will be available with a variety of engine options â€” ranging from a humble diesel engine to Jaguar Land Roverâ€™s 500 horsepower supercharged V8 shared with Jaguarâ€™s XJR supersedan and the F-Type sports car.
Another reason why this Range Rover costs so much is the fact that Holland & Holland guns are expensive â€” ridiculously expensive. With price tags ranging from $US43,000 to $US277,000 for the â€œRoyalâ€ double barrel shotgun, the companyâ€™s guns make the high priced-Range Rover feel like a bit of a bargain.
To store these guns, Range Rover has installed a carbon fibre and aluminium gun case that can slide out through the tailgate. As with the rest of the car, itâ€™s finished in fine leather and polished walnut.
The Holland & Holland Range Rover will be very rare. Jaguar Land Rover plan to build roughly 40 examples a year over the next three years. Whomever is fortunate enough to get their hands on one of these mega-buck Range Rovers will certainly have the ultimate in luxurious hunting vehicles.